16. DIALOGUE: THE POWER OF COLLECTIVE THINKING

From time to time, (the) tribe (gathered) in a circle.They just talked and talked and talked, apparently to no purpose.They made no decisions. There was no leader. And everybody couldparticipate. There may have been wise men or wise women who werelistened to a bit more—the older ones—but everybody could talk.The meeting went on, until it finally seemed to stop for no reason at all andthe group dispersed. Yet after that, everybody seemed to know what to do,because they understood each other so well. Then they could get togetherin smaller groups and do something or decide things.

—David Bohm, On Dialogue

Bohm had shared with me in London an explicit mental model of the way he believed the world works ...

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